Understanding households' adoption of renewable energy technologies using simulation - Case study of a German energy community

Transition towards a renewable energy supply initiates a physical (re)shaping of places and a social transformation of communities into renewable energy communities. However, what environmental, technological and socio-economic aspects and interactions influence individual and collective behaviour in the context of community renewables? This talk will present an agent-based model of households’ individual adoption of solar panels and community adoption of wind mills. The purpose of the model is to increase the understanding of households’ decision making about renewables. The talk will discuss how qualitative interviews and a standardised household survey have been used to develop the model design, and to verify and calibrate it.

Thursday, 3 December, 2015 - 12:30 to 14:00
Diana Süsser
Presenter(s) biography: 

Diana is doing her PhD research within the BMBF funded project Regional Climate Change (REKLIM) at the Helmholt-Zentrum Geesthacht and the University of Hamburg, Germany. In 2014, she was joining CRESS as a visiting PhD student and implemented the presented agent-based model.